Does Ann Coulter make you hot?
February 21, 2012
OPINION By ROGER FREBERG
Conservative author and activist Ann Coulter will speak at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo on Feb. 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Chumash Auditorium in the University Union. The event is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required (information below).
Ann has already created quite a stir in the britches of some on the Cal Poly campus. A “flyer war” has erupted with officially approved Ann Coulter flyers being ripped down and replaced with very angry and profane alternatives that look like racist literature to me.
Somebody is going to a lot of time and expense to put up these fakes. The biggest battle ground appears to be the architecture building, long a bastion of right wing ideology. Right! One faculty member was particularly distressed that any public funding would be used for Ann’s talk (although most of her fees are being paid privately). Public funding or no, some people just don’t think conservative voices belong on campus (or on radio or the internet or employed in academia or anywhere else, for that matter).
Just to be fair and balanced here, President Armstrong’s office has also contributed and this is a refreshing change from prior regimes.
For those of you who haven’t followed or read the works of Ann Coulter have missed some fun — she is definitely part of the American political landscape. Ann is very accomplished as an author and speaker and, yes, she has a degree or two. Her web site provides these ‘offensive’ tidbits about her life (with my observations in parentheses):
• “Ann Coulter is the author of seven New York Times bestsellers. (I am still waiting for one of our local leftist activist professors to have their first).
• She is a frequent guest on many TV shows, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Hannity, The O’Reilly Factor, The Glen Beck Show, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, and has been profiled in numerous publications, including TV Guide, the Guardian (UK), the New York Observer, National Journal, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle magazine. She was the April 25, 2005 cover story of Time magazine. ( I don’t see CNN or CNBC or the Telegram Tribune and I wonder why?)
• A Connecticut native, Coulter graduated with honors from Cornell University School of Arts and Sciences, and received her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School, where she was an editor of The Michigan Law Review.” (After this, she had quite a bit of experience in practicing law, but I will leave that to your reading.)
However, it is not her accomplishments that have drawn ire from the left, but rather her uncompromising attitude over what is right and what is wrong in America. Here is one of her recent observations:
“…Oops, I take that back: Government employees who rob the elderly also can’t be fired.
The Los Angeles Times recently reported that, after a spate of burglaries at a veterans hospital in California several years ago, authorities set up video cameras to catch the perpetrators. In short order, nurse’s aide Linda Riccitelli was videotaped sneaking into the room of 93-year-old Raymond Germain as he slept, sticking her hand into his dresser drawer and stealing the bait money that had been left there.
Riccitelli was fired and a burglary prosecution initiated. A few years later, the California Personnel Board rescinded her firing and awarded her three-years back pay. The board dismissed the videotape of Riccitelli stealing the money as “circumstantial.” (The criminal prosecution was also dropped after Germain died.)”
It does appear that a few at Cal Poly really don’t want you to hear or read about things that might make you think in “unapproved” ways. They just want you to live your life according to a plan, theirs.
If you would like to attend, tickets are available to members of the public in limited quantities at the following locations: Spring Street Auto at 729 Spring St. in Paso Robles; Kokkonen Insurance and Financial Services at 1103 Johnson Ave. in San Luis Obispo and David and Zimmerman Law Offices at 227 E. Branch St. in Arroyo Grande.
I won’t say that Ann makes me hot, after all, my wife reads this. Let’s just say I admire her and leave it at that.
Roger Freberg is a San Luis Obispo resident who is using his retirement to write a culinary-inspired blog, comment on important local events and occasionally enjoy getting sued for his journalistic excellence.